NORMAN (AP) — Oklahoma entered its weekly scrimmage Wednesday still awaiting the emergence of a starting quarterback among three candidates.

“Nothing’s changed. We’re still working through it,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said before the Sooners took to the field. “I like where it’s going and feel the guys are getting better. I feel we’ll be fine in that position.”

Junior Joey Halzle, redshirt freshman Sam Bradford and freshman Keith Nichol are competing for the starting spot vacated after Paul Thompson graduated.

Stoops said he expected the Sooners to scrimmage for about 40 to 50 plays in the section of practice usually reserved for team drills. The scrimmage would allow players to tackle to the ground instead of holding up players whose progress had been stopped.

Stoops said the scrimmage was a normal part of Oklahoma’s practice regimen and shouldn’t be considered a sign that coaches are seeking separation among the quarterback candidates or are near making their decision.

“I didn’t say a few days. I didn’t say a week. When we feel we want to, we will,” Stoops said. “It could be possible after today. It could be possible next Wednesday. Anything’s possible.”

Oklahoma has a full scrimmage planned Saturday at Owen Field

Outside the quarterback competition, Stoops said that sophomore Noah Hughey and freshman Jason Hannan moved up the depth chart after backup center Chase Beeler left the team this week, and that backup guard Brandon Walker could also play the position.

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